Music ev­ery­where proves we are awash with tal­ent

The Oban Times - - News -

WHAT a fab­u­lous weekend we’ve had. The good weather brought ev­ery­one out - and made them happy - so what more could you ask for, writes Oban am­bas­sador Kay Mac­Don­ald.

I was lucky enough to bump into a wan­der­ing ac­cor­dion­ist called ‘Jock the Box’ who was re­ally en­ter­tain­ing. I’d never heard High­way to Hell played on the ac­cor­dion be­fore and I loved it.

We were also lucky enough to have a young piper busk­ing at Chalmers cor­ner with more tra­di­tional fare, which was fan­tas­tic and could be heard all along Ge­orge Street.

Music re­ally brings the town alive and we have such a wealth of tal­ented young per­form­ers. I’m hop­ing to see and hear a lot more of them as the sum­mer goes on.

If you’re a fan of live theatre, then Oban Phoenix Cinema is the place to be with three Na­tional Theatre Live per­for­mances this month.

The first is one Ob­ses­sion and is be­ing broad­cast from the Bar­bican Theatre in Lon­don and stars Jude Law. And the line-up un­til the end of Au­gust in­cludes greats like Peter Pan, An­dre Rieu and Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Wolf?.

Another Phoenix on the hori­zon is the ar­rival in Ar­gyll at the end of the month of the Phoenix Choir which will be play­ing in St John’s Cathe­dral, among other places.

In fact, music of all kinds seems to be a fea­ture of the sum­mer with Oban Gaelic Choir host­ing an event called Storas in the Cor­ran Halls in June as well as all the tal­ented mu­si­cians we have ev­ery weekend in the local pubs. We’re awash with tal­ent. And that’s not for­get­ting Oban Live, which is only three weeks away.

Did you spot where last week’s photo was? Look up next time you’re pass­ing The An­glers Cor­ner.

I’d al­ways been so mes­merised by the Na­tive Amer­i­can fish­er­man I never no­ticed. This is an easy one ... hon­est!

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